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It is not often that Indian designers do evening gowns and dresses without using any Indian elements. Designer duo Gauri and Nainika are two of the few who do.

Their show on day four of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in Delhi could as well have been a day at the races, with bold ruffles, mermaid cuts, pencil dresses, flares, slits and peplum.

“In England, you have the Royal Ascot, so we started out with that as out inspiration, but we wanted to use more of white,” Nainika said.

The monochrome collection with cream and ivory gowns, dresses and jumpsuits, had a hint of old Hollywood, but with a contemporary twist. The duo’s designs draw inspiration from Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Hollywood romantic films.

“We have always loved Cecil Beaton’s work. When he designed these outfits for ‘My Fair Lady’, he did this black-and-white collection,” said Nainika. “We have always loved that since we were kids.”